7.01.2008

Tennis and Busch Gardens!

John has finished his internship at Langley Airforce base. We have already enjoyed having him around a little bit more. He is working on his proposal for his dissertation, which still occupies most of his time and on Tuesdays and Thursdays he has class for most of the day. We are not usually last minute type of people...I typically need at least a day to prepare for an adventure, but at the last minute we decided to go to Busch Gardens (theme park) for a few hours. Hailey and John have been talking about riding this roller coaster together, for about a month! It was 100 degrees and we were sooooo hot but we still had the best time. Hailey and John rode "The Big Bad Wolf" which is a real roller coaster-I cannot believe that my 4 year old is tall enough to go on it-but she is! She rode on it earlier in the summer with me and loved it! This time she was not so sure. She was crying when she got off the ride and told John and I that she did not want to ride that ride anymore. These pictures are of the family on the tram ride from the parking lot to the park! We could have gone home after that...they thought it was so cool.

John loves to play tennis...he played in High School and has put a lot of time into it through the years. He has always wanted to have athletic children. It's interesting to see how kids start getting into sports though-I think that a lot of times the parents decide what the kids do because we are the ones that are researching, and usually paying for lessons, etc. It would make John a very happy daddy if Hailey enjoyed tennis as much as he did and so he has already invested some time and money into making it a fun thing for her. I LOVE IT! They are so cute. She has her own special racket and she loves going on dates with daddy to the tennis courts. He is a great teacher and she is already pretty good. They are planning a special date tomorrow morning but she was so excited that we had to get out some balls and her racket so that she could practice. Isabella just loved chasing after the balls (OH... BY THE WAY...SHE HAS FINALLY STARTED WALKING!) Isabella has her own racket as well and John is starting early with her.
Hailey just hit a great shot and she is giving her daddy a high five! She was so proud of herself.

6 comments:

The Ashcraft Family said...

It is so exciting seeing our kids do new stuff huh. At Disney World this year Kollin was tall enough to ride all the adult rides! Yikes!! And he did too. I was in tears at one moment because he loved a roller coaster so much! I didnt want him to be that big yet. You have such a beautiful back yard. I would love to be more knowledgeable about plants. And lucky you that John is home so much! I'm sure the girls are loving it too. I've been checking out Little Miss Priss everyday...I want some new bows! :)

Colleen said...

Sounds like some fun family times! I am so glad you are getting more Daddy time...I can't believe he is headed for dissertation time, it seems like yesterday we were all just leaving BYU!

Jen said...

Cute pictures! Um, do you think you have enough plants on your patio? You are seriously amazing!

emily said...

She is destined to be a tennis pro, seriously too cute. We missed you at girls night too. We'll have to do another soon! I'm glad that you guys are having a fun summer and that your husband has a little more free time. Way to be spontaneous! Most of the time, those are the most fun outings.

The Jones Family said...

that is so cute and sweet how John has already brought tennis into the girls' lives! I LOVE when Rocky goes out to the garage to paint and maddy is right there by his side with HER own water colors! so sweet.

and I LOVE all your plants and flowers!! just beautiful!

Leah said...

so cute!!! Wish we could've been at Busch Gardens with you...miss that place and miss you guys! Can't wait to see you sorta soon....man are you going to be pregnant!!!